The Marriage and Family Therapy Program at App State
The Marriage and Family Program prepares students to work with individuals, couples, and families in a variety of clinical settings. The program requires 48 semester hours and is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). The deadline for admission is February 1 for the fall 2021 cohort, apply to the MFT Masters of Arts Program.
AAMFT Statement on MFT Responsibility to Counter Racism
The MFT Program at Appalachian State endorses the AAMFT statement regarding our responsibility to actively counter racism. We reject systemic racism and work to counter white supremist ideologies. We continue to be reflective and commit to ongoing work to improve our accountability to inclusively train MFTs. Read the entire AAMFT Statement on MFT Responsibility to Counter Racism.
Appalachian State Response to COVID-19
The Marriage and Family Therapy program is following direction from Appalachian State and the UNC System, who are monitoring the ongoing responses to COVID-19. For updated information, please visit AppState Cornovirus Information.
For American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) updates and direction for family therapists, please visit Coronavirus: AAMFT Status.
For North Carolina Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (NCAMFTE) updates and directions for family therapists in NC, please visit NCAMFT COVID-19 Information.
Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy (COAMFTE) updates and direction for MFT training programs, visit COAMFTE Message regarding COVID-19
MFT Open House on September 18
Interested applicants are invited to join us for a virtual open house to learn about the MFT Program. Visit with current students and faculty on September 18th, 1:30-2:30PM. Learn more about our mission to provide systemically-oriented, ethical, inclusive, and socially-just training. Please register to receive a link to the event.
MFT Student Awarded 3MT People's Choice
Congratuations to Imani Dillon, first year MFT student, for being awarded the People's Choice Award at the 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) competition held on October 29th. Her presentation was titled: "Is Parenting Style Related to Later Substance Abuse in Children?" Students in the Multicultural Counseling class instructed by Dr. Jordan participated in this annual event hosted by the Cratis D. Williams School of Graduate Studies.
The Student Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (SAMFT) hosted the annual fall conference on November 8th. The workshop titled Intersectionality in Therapies: Personal Experiences of a Black Queer Femme Therapist, featured guest speaker Adrienne Michelle, LMFT, who spoke on how the intersectionality of both therapist and client affects the therapuetic process. More information here.
HRSA Grant to Fund Clinical Interns
Dr. Karen Caldwell is the recipent of a HRSA grant funded by a Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training for Professionals and Paraprofessionals grant award from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The grant funds internship stipends, which are available to students in their internship year. The goal of the grant is to provide behavioral services to children and youth living in rural Appalachian communities and expand the number of licensed MFTs working in these underserved areas. The stipend amount provided to each recipient is $10,000 over the course of their 12 month internship.
MFT Alumnus wins AAMFT Emerging Leaders Award
Lorin Kelly, App State MFT Alumnus (class of 2018) is being awarded the 2020 American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Research and Education Foundation Diversity Scholarship for Emerging Leaders Award. Lorin is currently enrolled in the Kansas State University Marriage and Family Therapy Ph.D. Program and is an AAMFT Minority Fellow. She will be honored at the virtual AAMFT Conference in November.
MFT Alumnus Wins AAMFT Dissertation Award
Jordan Montgomery, App State MFT alumnus (class of 2014) and recent graduate of the Florida State MFT doctoral program (class of 2018) was awarded the AAMFT Dissertation award at the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy conference, held in Austin, Texas. Dr. Montgomery's dissertation was titled "Culturally Competent Parenting: A Test of Web-Based Training for Transracial Foster and Adoptive Parents." Dr. Montgomery is featured as the April 2020 Reich College of Education Alumni Update.
Systemic Multicultural Counseling Certificate
The Marriage and Family Therapy program offers a certificate in Systemic Multicultural Counseling. Applications are reviewed for fall and spring admission. Learn more about the Multicultural Systemic Counseling Certificate.
Social Justice in Action Fund
The Marriage and Family Therapy Social Justice in Action Fund provides assistance to financially support students from underrepresented populations